UCLA Hires New Defensive Coordinator
Jan. 3, 2001
Phil Snow, who served as defensive coordinator at Arizona State for the past seven years, has been hired as UCLA's new defensive coordinator, head coach Bob Toledo announced today.
Assistant head coach Bob Field, who has served as defensive coordinator the past two years, has been relieved of his duties. He may assist athletic director Peter Dalis on some special projects over the next few months while exploring other opportunities. His current contract runs through June 30.
Toledo informed Field of his decision to make a change on Dec. 30, the day after UCLA's loss in the Sun Bowl.
'This was a difficult decision for me to make but one I felt had to be made in the best interest of the program,' said Toledo. 'Bobby is a good person who has been hard working and loyal.'
Field, 52, has been a coach at UCLA for 22 seasons, including each of the last 20, missing the 1980 season while in private business. During Toledo's five seasons as head coach, Field has served as assistant head coach and, during the last two, defensive coordinator. In 1999, UCLA set a school record for average yards allowed (444.6) and this season, the Bruins allowed a school-record 368 points.
Snow, 45, who will tutor the Bruin secondary, has coached in the Pac-10 for 14 seasons - five (1987-91) at California and the last nine at Arizona State.
'I have known Phil for a long time and I have followed his career closely,' said Toledo. 'I have a great amount of respect for the way his secondary plays with great aggressiveness and great technique. His defenses have always been among the best in the Pac-10. He is highly respected within the profession and Bruce Snyder gave him a very strong recommendation.'
This past season, the Sun Devils ranked first nationally in fumbles recovered and third in the nation in number of turnovers created. In 1999, Arizona State ranked third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense. In 1997, Snow's defense ranked third in the Pac-10 in total defense but led the league in scoring defense (18.5).
In 1996, the year ASU reached the Rose Bowl with an 11-0 record, Snow's defense ranked first in the league in scoring defense (17.8), rushing defense (98.0), pass efficiency defense (104.2) and total defense (306.2).
Prior to coaching at Arizona State and California, Snow spent five seasons (1982-86) at Boise State, serving as defensive coordinator the final four years. In his final year (1986), the Broncos ranked fourth in the nation in rushing defense (80.3) and sixth nationally in total defense (269.4).
He also coached three years at Laney Community College in Oakland, CA, where he served as secondary coach in 1979 and co-defensive coordinator in 1980 and 1981. He worked as secondary coach at Berkeley High School in 1976 and was defensive coordinator at Winters High School in 1977 and 1978.
A native of Winters, CA, Snow graduated from California State Hayward in 1978 with a degree in physical education. He and his wife Debbie have two sons, Phillip (12) and Jacob (8).